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The Hyssongs

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Submitted The Hyssongs travel full-time throughout the United States and Canada using the powerful medium of music. They will be performing at Wesley United Methodist Church on Sunday, February 17th 10 AM. Dell, Susan and Richard Hyssong encourage and delight audiences wherever they appear with their family vocal harmony, lively energetic style, humor, and brass instruments. This award winning trio consistently has top 40 songs on the radio charts. They perform more than 250 times each year in churches, auditoriums, gospel cruises and television and radio. During the last two years, they have sung more than 12 times at Dollywood, ... Read More »

“Do You Remember Your Spirit?”

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Review by Jane A. Marlowe A new book by local author, Dom Fiorda and Kendra Brady relates a story about someone who remembers his ‘Spirit Time.’ Ernest Spirit’s name was rather prophetic. When he was a boy, he didn’t realize that fact. He was named for his grandfather, Ernesto, who immigrated to America at the beginning of the 20th century. The custom’s officer who processed him through Ellis Island Americanized his name, Ernesto Di Spirito, to Ernest Spirit. In English or Italian, the name translates to mean “of the Spirit”… and young Ernest was ‘of the spirit’. As a child ... Read More »

Zero Dark Thirty

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By Monte Lazarus Bengoshi@comcast.net The beginning of “Zero Dark Thirty” is controversial and unsettling. Shortly after the first scene at the World Trade Center, the site changes. A CIA operative has an Al-Qaeda member in a dank dungeon – a “black site” – somewhere in Pakistan. It’s 2003. What makes the scene disturbing is the sequence of torture that takes place – slapping, naked abuse, waterboarding and ultimately forcing the prisoner, Ammar (Reda Kateb) into a tiny box. What makes the scene controversial is the question it raises. Some observers think it glorifies torture. Others believe it demonstrates that torture ... Read More »

Marco Writers Welcome Karna Small Bodman

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Submitted by Elinor Stanton The Marco Island Writers Group held its first 2013 meeting on January 9, at the Marco Island Center for the Arts. Chairperson Joanne Tailele opened the meeting with an inspirational quote by Debby Millman and followed with several announcements. The group continues to grow as four new members and two guests introduced themselves. The planning committee is undergoing reorganization, and Ms. Tailele will be taking over the group’s computer and website needs. She also noted that a new lending library, with Lorre Trytten as librarian, is available for members to lend, borrow and share their favorite ... Read More »

Laugh out Loud with Knights of Columbus

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By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com On Saturday, February 9, The Knights of Columbus will have you laughing all night long as they host an evening of entertainment featuring comedian Tim Walkoe. Sign up for this one-day event and chuckle in the name of children’s charities supported by The Knights of Columbus. If you haven’t heard of Tim Walkoe, you may as well be living under a rock. The Grand Prize winner of ABC’s “America’s Funniest People” has been on HBO, Showtime, A&E, TNN, PBS and much more. A headliner of over 100 comedy clubs nationwide, including the Comedy Stop in Las ... Read More »

Assisted Living: The Musical

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Submitted Story Assisted Living: The Musical® comes to Marco Island when it is performed by its authors Compton & Bennett at Rose History Auditorium. It runs Friday, Saturday, February 8 and 9 at 7:30, and Sunday, February 10 in a 2:30 matinee show. The show, billed as “A Vaudeville…in the Varicose Vein,” delivers laughs from the opening scene in which a newly-departed couple is greeted in the afterlife not by Elvis, but by Tiny Tim. The show romps through the “best years of their lives” at Pelican Roost, an active senior living community oozing with characters who have unique answers ... Read More »

Marco Players LIVE!

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By Julia Barnett Nestled in Marco Island’s Town Center Plaza, The Marco Players’ theater sits waiting to be filled for its next show; for laughter, for tears, for the next story to come alive inside its walls. Now in its 38th season, the Marco Players is a non-profit theater company that began putting on productions in hotels, churches and other borrowed locales. It eventually found the Town Center Plaza space and has made it home for the last thirteen years. The theater is run by a board of directors, all very hands-on in their involvement, whether it be financially or ... Read More »

Art And Theater, Theater And Art

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Murder, mystery, danger, intrigue, puzzlement and humor are all words that describe the gamut of emotions experienced while watching the Marco Players Theater current play “The 39 Steps”. The same words can apply to the artwork that greets you as you enter the MPT’s gallery hallway. Setting the tone for the play are Ginny Mueller’s intriguing clay bugs along with the mysterious mix of multi-faceted elements in Clair Keery’s assemblages. Bill Moseley’s three stepped abstract acrylics lend a clue to the mystery to come while bits of torn paper put together in humorous puzzle fashion by artist Joanne Rose will ... Read More »

better than fiction: True Travel Tales From Great Fiction Writers

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com   Edited by Don George Lonely Planet Publications, 2012 I usually find collections of short stories a bore. If there are ten stories, only four are truly interesting and well-written. I was drawn to this book because I was intrigued by the title, “better than fiction,” which could be my mantra, and because “travel” is in the title (Ready – where are we going? is my other mantra). I had no inkling I would be writing about it in Book Remarks, but it was an unexpected delight and worth sharing. An editor and book reviewer for ... Read More »

Come Jam in The Hammock!

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MUSIC NOTES BY GATOR NATE Nate Augustus rubeejaw@aol.com Collier-Seminole State Park is a nice quiet spot, centrally located from Marco, Naples and Everglades City and a mere hop, skip and a jump away from any of them. The park is a wonderful place to enjoy the natural beauty of our area. The park offers visitors a number of year round activities, including camping, canoeing, hiking, fishing, boating, bicycling and exploring the cypress swamps. The salt marshes, mangrove river estuaries and pine flat woods of Collier Seminole hold many different native species. Among them, American alligators, raccoons, osprey, white ibis, wood storks, bald ... Read More »

Dogs Delight!

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Audiences were completely won over by the shaggy Muttville Comix performers and their trainer, Johnny Peers. Johnny knows his way around an audience, being raised near the circus and graduating from the Ringling Clown School. He began working with dogs in the early 1990’s. There were 16 dogs in the show he brought to Marco. There was Joey the Fox Terrier, who walked backwards on two wires while Chico, a Chihuahua, walked underneath him in the opposite direction. One canine could leap through the air to Johnny’s arms, while others could dance, do a conga ... Read More »

Gator Adventures Opens

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The official opening of Gator Adventures was marked with a ribbon cutting ceremony that included friends, family and visitors. With more than 15 animal species and a petting zoo, Gator Adventures is a fun and educational stop for visitors and locals who are looking for something unique. Gator Adventures holds alligator shows for schools, clubs and other organizations. A children’s group gathered recently at the Ritz Carlton and had an opportunity to get up close and personal with an alligator thanks to a visit by Gator Adventures. According to Kevin Hennings, owner, and resident gator ... Read More »

Civil War Days

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By Julia Barnett On Saturday, January 12 and Sunday January 13, the South Regional Public Library, located next to the Collier County campus of Edison State College, hosted the annual Civil War Days, full with period clothing and tools, historical information and a battle reenactment. The camp, as the participants called it, consisted of tents, each serving a different purpose and a different history lesson. There was a tent for weaponry and guns used during the Civil War age. There were also tents for cooking, medicine, and a tent for the “soldiers” to gather in front of, smoking and sharing ... Read More »

Book Remarks: The Forgotten

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David Baldacci Grand Central Publishing 2012 David Baldacci has done it again. I am sure that you, as do I, hesitate before buying a book unsure as to whether or not to fork out the money just in case the book might not be as good as the flyleaf’s titillating words make it sound. You are pretty safe when it comes to a Baldacci book. He seldom fails to deliver. I am not too much into espionage, foreign intrigue, spy novels or anything involving “the mob.” I can count on this author to deliver a good old, down to earth ... Read More »

Shakespeare’s “Shrew” takes on SW Florida

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This January, Shakespeare in Paradise will present The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare at the Collier County Library on Central Avenue in Naples. The production is being sponsored by Physicians Regional Healthcare System. Set in present day in “a conservative, affluent beach community somewhere in the tropics,” this Shrew sets out to further prove Shakespeare’s ability to force audiences to examine their own lives and lifestyles through his timeless plays. All scenes are played in bars, on various lanais and beaches, and in a specialty shop. Even the homes referenced are rechristened “Royal Port Estate” and “Coral Cape ... Read More »

Harp Ensemble heads to Marco

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By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Hear the heavenly sounds of The Naples Harp Ensemble right here on Marco Island. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church is excited to announce a performance by the “Love of Harps” musicians on Sunday, January 20, at 3:00 PM. Open to the public, the free concert will feature many harps performing a variety of programs. From Classical to Pop to Jazz music, “Love of Harps” has something for everyone. The ensemble’s main goals are “to promote the harp through performances, education, and building repertory.” Educating the Naples-area youth in the art of the harp is at the top ... Read More »

SeaWorld’s ‘Just for Kids’

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Submitted SeaWorld Orlando announced their line-up for the 2nd annual Just for Kids festival featuring concerts by the Imagination Movers and Choo-Choo Soul, the Sesame Street crew rocking it out and much more. SeaWorld’s Just For Kids festival takes place on Saturdays from Jan. 12 through Feb. 2, 2013. The 2013 Just For Kids concert lineup includes: Sat, Jan. 12 Imagination Movers Sat, Jan. 19 Laurie Berkner Sat, Jan. 26 Choo-Choo Soul with Genevieve. Sat, Feb. 2 Kratt Brothers Live featuring the stars of Wild Kratts Concerts are included with park admission, with show times at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. ... Read More »

A Little Legendary

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MUSIC NOTES BY GATOR NATE Nate Augustus rubeejaw@aol.com Howdy do! Hope everybody had a peaceful holiday and you’re still sticking to your resolutions. 2013 is here whether ya like it or not, and with it comes tourist season (honk!), stone crab season (mmmm) and “playing music” season (yeeeaow!). This tweek, Music Notes will be visiting one of Gator Nate’s oldest haunts. The legendary Little Bar sits smack dab in the middle of downtown Goodland as it has for, well, longer than I’ve been around at least. Some say size matters, but when it comes to quaint, cozy, and sometimes wildly crazy local ... Read More »

Will & Anthony!

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Submitted Back by popular demand for three shows only are New York City entertainers, Will & Anthony! Performing their ‘BROADWAY, OUR WAY’ Concert. Sunday, January 13 thru Tuesday, January 15 at 6 PM. This dinner and concert event will be held at Marco Island’s House of Mozart. Hear Broadway, classic standards and Italian music! Acclaimed as “displaying an engagingly brassy professionalism” by The New York Times, NYC performers Will & Anthony return to the Naples Waterside Shops’ Barnes & Noble for a CD signing and short performance on Sunday January 13 at 2pm and then on to Marco Island’s House ... Read More »

Bring Up The Bodies

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel Henry Holt and Company, LLC, 2012 To begin, I would like to note that I was given credit in the last issue of Coastal Breeze for the article on “Killing Kennedy.” In fact, my partner in crime, Diane Bostick, is the author and deserves your accolades for sharing her excellent reflections on the book as well as her reminiscences of the JFK era. No doubt, many of you are familiar with Hilary Mantel and may have read “Wolf Hall,” her novel published three years ago, which won the prestigious ... Read More »